News & Views 11.24.2011


Win a Learn to Ski & Snowboard Trip to Wintergreen

The Commonwealth of Virginia has just announced the mother of all snow sports sweepstakes for moms and dads looking to share a love of the slopes with the kids.  Starting today, families can go to and enter to win the Virginia Snowmotion Sweepstakes.  One lucky family will win a “Learn to Ski and Snowboard” trip to Virginia’s winter wonderland. 
This prize trip includes a three-night, four-day stay at Wintergreen Resort for a family of four in a luxurious, two-bedroom condo. The family will spend their time at Wintergreen learning the ropes of the slopes with a free ski or snowboard lesson, as well as complimentary rental equipment and lift tickets for the entire stay.  Add in a $200 gift card that can be used for dining at any of Wintergreen’s three restaurants, and it’s the perfect winter getaway.  The trip prizewinner will receive round-trip airfare for four and a rental car to explore the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and nearby destinations in and around Wintergreen Resort.
The sweepstakes is open to U.S. residents 21 and over and runs through January 16, 2012 at
Grand Illumination/Winter Wonderland
On November 25 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. the Grand Illumination at Central Place in Charlottesville will feature caroling, lighting of the tree and a special Winter Wonderland filled with activities. There will be snow and maybe Santa will check to see who is naughty and nice.
Mrs. Claus invites everyone to a reception filled with fun activities, entertainment, and lots of goodies (reservations only). It will begin December 1 at 4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Omni Hotel. Make your reservations early as it was sold out last year. $7.00 per person.
Winter Wonderland with the old gentleman will open December 1 at 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in The Preston Room at The Omni, with Gingerbread Houses, electric trains, elves and Santa helpers to help Santa hand out a special surprise to each child who visits and tells him what is on their wish list. 
Winter Wonderland will be open to the public December 1 – 4 and Santa will be there to greet the folks for a while each day. Check his schedule, held at and posted at The Omni. For more information, visit